What Guitar Does Dave Grohl Use

What Guitar Does Dave Grohl Use?

David Eric Grohl is a drummer, guitarist and frontman/ singer/songwriter for the Foo Fighters. Dave’s first job as a musician was as the drummer for the band Scream when the position became available due to the departure of their original drummer. When Scream disbanded, Dave joined Nirvana and he featured on their second album Nevermind which was a worldwide success.

After the death of Kurt Cobain, Dave began a one-man project which he named Foo Fighters. Foo Fighters debut album was a success and so Dave formed a band for touring and subsequent recordings. Dave Grohl has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, once as the drummer for Nirvana and again for Foo Fighters.

What Kind Of Guitar Does Dave Grohl Play?

As you would expect from a musician of Dave’s calibre he has a large collection of guitars, but the one he has used for every album for the Foo Fighters is an original cherry red Gibson Trini Lopez. He said he bought it because he liked the diamond shaped sound holes and the unusual headstock. He also plays;

  • Pelham Blue Gibson DG-335
  • Gretsch G6136DS White Falcon Electric Guitar
  • Martin D-28
  • Fender Classic Series ’72 Telecaster Custom Electric Guitar
  • Ampeg Dan Armstrong Plexi Electric Guitar
  • Gibson Elvis Presley Dove
  • Dave Dearnaley Flying V
  • Gibson Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar
  • Gibson SG Custom Triple-Pickup
  • Epiphone FT-79 Texan
  • Gibson SG Standard Electric Guitar
  • Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar
  • Gibson RD Standard Exclusive Electric Guitar
  • Washburn Dime 333 Dimebolt
  • Manson MA Custom
  • Gibson Firebird Studio 70’s Tribute
  • Gibson Hummingbird
  • D’Angelico EX-DC Electric Guitar
  • Fender Telecaster Custom Electric Guitar
  • Duesenberg Starplayer TV Electric Guitar
  • Hamer Standard “Checkerboard” Guitar
  • Taylor 900 Series
  • Gretsch G6128TCG Duo Jet Electric Guitar
  • PRS Special 22
  • Dean Dimebag Dime Slime ML
  • Silvertone Kentucky Blue
  • Gibson Les Paul Dale Earnhardt Jr. Guitar

Who Has Dave Grohl Worked With During His Long Career?

Dave Grohl has worked with many artists and bands during his career so far including;

  • Nirvana
  • Foo Fighters
  • Scream
  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • Queens of the Stone Age
  • Tenacious D
  • Them Crooked Vultures 
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • Teenage Time Killers
  • Sound City Players 
  • Dain Bramage
  • Killing Joke
  • Mission Impossible
  • Ghost
  • Probot
  • Juliette and the Licks
  • Cage the Elephant 

What Strings Does Dave Grohl Use?

Dave Grohl
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Dave uses D’Addario EXL115 Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings with the two bass strings .42 for the A and .60 for the E as he was busting strings too often playing a regular set.

What Amps Does Dave Grohl Use?

Dave is reported to have used many amps over his career, but his main amps are; two Fender Tone Master Heads, a Vox AC-30, two Custom Audio Amplifiers 100W, and a Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier.

What Effects Pedals Does Dave Grohl Use?

Dave uses the following effects pedals;

  • MXR Smart Gate
  • MXR Phase 90 
  • Boss TU-2 tuner (x2, one acoustic and one electric)
  • Boss DD-3 Delay
  • Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus
  • ProCo Rat Distortion
  • Shure UHF-R wireless system

What Pickups Does Dave Grohl Use?

As Dave plays many guitars, he uses various pickups but his Trini Lopez Gibson has PAF humbucker pickups. His signature Pelham Blue Gibson Trini Lopez ES-335 has burstbuster pickups.

What Chords Does Dave Grohl Use?

By his own admission, Dave doesn’t know chords as such. He is reported as saying he doesn’t know what chords are in a song, he just knows what happens when he puts his fingers there. To get a similar sound to Dave’s you’ll need to learn to play power chords and arpeggios.

What Pick Does Dave Grohl Use?

Dave uses the Dunlop .71mm Gator Grip pick.

What Kind Of Music Does Dave Grohl Play?

Dave plays;

  • Heavy Metal
  • Punk
  • Grunge
  • Alternative Rock
  • Post-Grunge
  • Hard Rock 

How To Play Guitar Like Dave Grohl 

Playing The Guitar

To play and sound like Dave Grohl, you’ll need to play a semi-acoustic like Dave’s ES-335. Plus you’ll need to treat the guitar like a drum kit. In an interview Dave did in 2005,he said “I look at the guitar like it’s a drum set,the sixth string is the kick, the fifth and fourth the snare; I ring the G like it’s a hi-hat and I use the high strings like cymbals to accentuate a change.” he uses a down picking/palm muting combination and makes the most of the rhythm (always the drummer).

What Age Did Dave Grohl Learn Guitar?

Dave Grohl was 12 years old when he started learning to play guitar. Soon becoming tired of lessons, he stopped taking them and taught himself. He said when he first started all he wanted to do was play “faster, louder, darker” but then he got introduced to punk rock.

Frequently Asked Questions

What guitar does Dave Grohl use?

The guitar Dave has used to record every Foo Fighters album is a 1967 Gibson Trini Lopez Standard ES-335 guitar.

What is the blue guitar that Dave Grohl plays?

The blue guitar Dave Grohl plays is a Pelham Blue Gibson DG-335.

Does Dave Grohl have a signature guitar?

Dave Grohl does have a signature guitar, it’s a Gibson ES-335, Produced by Gibson, Memphis.

Did Dave Grohl play all the instruments?

On the first album entitled Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl did play all the instruments. Foo Fighters started as a one-man project, it was only after the success of that album that Dave formed a band for touring and recording.

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